People have been asking about how to get over in an audition, so here's a list of stuff to make it easier: DO: 1. Show up on time, which means 5 minutes early but no more than 10 minutes early. If you have to be late, call the bandleader immediately. 2. Have working equipment. It doesn't have to be state of the art, but if it doesn't work, you won't get the gig. 3. Set up quietly, efficiently, and quickly. 4. Whatever they want you to do. It's their band, and they know what they're looking for. You won't get the gig if you whine about having to play a song you don't know. 5. Your homework. Find out a general idea of what they'll do, what they're looking for in a bassist, songs you might play, if they have gigs. 6. Exude confidence but not arrogance. Be a badass but be a nice badass. 7. Respect what they do. You're the one looking for the gig, not them. Play like you think you need to play to get the gig. Save your wank licks for rehearsing new stuff once you get into the band. If you don't like something, keep your mouth shut and don't do the gig if it's that big a deal. 8. Respect what you do. Be yourself and play with confidence. Look like you're enjoying yourself. If they get stuck on something, it's OK to help out if you know what to do, but don't go sticking your knowledge in everyone's faces. 9. Dress appropriately for the band you're auditioning for. Don't show up for a jazz audition with a filthy System Of A Down t-shirt and 5 eyebrow rings. And don't show up for a death metal audition in Dockers and a polo shirt. 10. Find out beforehand. Ask if they have gigs. Ask if they do it for a living. Get a ballpark on how much you'll make. You'll save their time and yours by finding out in advance if your interests clash. DON'T: 1. Let them know you don't know how to do something. If they don't ask, don't tell them. If they ask, tell them you can do it. If you do something and fail, at least they know you have the guts to try it. There's plenty of time for honesty later on. (Note: it's OK if you don't know a specific song and say "I don't know it but let's try it if you want." 2. Acknowledge any mistakes you make. Maybe they won't notice. 3. Point out their mistakes. Again, you're the one who wants the gig, not them. If they make a mistake or arrange things differently, you need to adapt to them, not tell them they're wrong. 4. Wank between songs because the songs don't show them how you can REALLY play. When you're done with a song, don't play at all. 5. Talk about how great you are. They'll see how great you are when you play. 6. Feed them a line of crap about your previous experience. They'll know once you play how experienced you are. But if you have a lot of experience, tell them. Experience doesn't hurt at all. But don't constantly rub it in their faces if they don't have as much experience as you. 7. Cancel without notice. If you book an audition, you better show up. And if something comes up and you can't show up, call the bandleader ASAP to reschedule, not 5 minutes before the audition. 8. Whine if the audition lasts a shorter time than you expect. Maybe they know all they need to know in the first 3 minutes. Maybe they have a lot of people auditioning and just don't have time. 9. Force your creativity on them. Mention that you write songs if you do, but don't tell them you want to write songs for them unless they seem genuinely interested. Don't tell them you want to sing lead if they have a lead singer who sings everything. Don't try to change their arrangements. Etc. etc. 10. Take the gig if you can't meet the demands of the band. If they need you to rehearse more than you have time for, tell them honestly if you'll be able to handle it or not. If you can't travel and they do roadwork, tell them. Maybe if they like you enough, they'll work around you. If you get too far into the band and then bail out on something you told them you could do, they will badmouth you and you will get a reputation. The music community is a small one and word gets around. 11. Yell at them if they tell you that you didn't get the gig. Maybe you were their second favorite and the guy who got the gig won't work out a week later. Who are they going to call? You? Not after you called them "talentless hacks" and told them to rot in Hell for not choosing you. Be gracious about it. Try to find out why so you can learn from it, and thank them for giving it a shot. Follow these rules and even if you're not that strong a player, you still might find yourself getting the gig. Hope it helps.